Flesh melting upon bone,
screams echo across the expanse
as the flames lap hungrily
at the one who is condemned.

Such is the punishment of a witch,
for God says they are the epitome of evil.
Therefore she must die in excruciating pain
as the fire takes both her body and her soul.

But was she even truly a witch,
as they claim her to be?
Or did a jealous neighbor
just envy her pretty looks?

Perhaps she was to smart
for her own good,
and she knew more than
the men of the town wanted.

No one will know now,
for her anguished cries
rise up to the sky
and echo forever in our ears.

November 9, 2004